A THATCHAM family found themselves homeless on Sunday evening, after fire tore through their flat.
Five fire engines were called to the scene in Lancaster Close at 8.15pm – two from Newbury, one from Tadley, a fourth from Hungerford and an aerial platform ladder from Reading.
Firefighters discovered the flat and roof well alight, with the family already safely outside.
All the other occupants of the building were also evacuated by firefighters.
Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using two hose reels.
The aerial platform ladder was used to examine the roof space and ensure the fire had not spread.
The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), and was not being treated as suspicious according to firefighters, who left the scene after three hours.
The family, who did not wish to comment, were being cared for at the scene by the Fire and Emergency Support Service, overseen by the Red Cross, after the flat was left uninhabitable by the fire.
A Sovereign response vehicle was also called to the property.